Chan Kong-sang, popularly and professionally known as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.
Chan, 62, is loved by his fans the world over for his movies, his spectacular fighting style, comic timing and his incredible stunts. He has been acting since the 60s and has over 200 movies to adorn his résumé.
Yet, in the five decades he has spent in the film industry the much coveted Oscar award had eluded him until Saturday, November 12, 2016, when he finally won it at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles.
It was, as always, a star-studded ceremony with names like Juliana Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Chris Tucker, Michelle Yeoh, Priyanka Chopra, Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, in attendance among many more.
23 years ago, when he saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house, he had decided he wanted one for himself. He said, “I touched it, kissed it, smelled it. I believe it still has my fingerprints on it…Then I talked to myself, ‘I really want one.’”
His “dream” became a reality when he was handed the elusive award by Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker in the final presentation of the evening. Tom Hanks referred to him as “Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.”
The actor fondly remembered his father once asking him why he had not received Hollywood’s highest and most coveted prize despite having appeared in so many films. His answer to his father was, ‘Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.”
In his acceptance speech, he was all praise for his hometown Hong Kong and said he was “proud to be Chinese.” He was grateful to all his fans and said, “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.” Later he tweeted, “So honored and happy and lost for words!”
What fans may or may not know about him is that Chan has already been honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars.
He is also a trained vocalist and has released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films he has acted in. May he have more success and receive many more accolades in his future ventures.